We are excited to release the thirty-eighth coin in the CollecTons Keepers program, an exclusive series only offered by CollecTons. CollecTons Keeper #38 in the Series features the 1864 Two-Cent Piece, Certified in an Exclusive ANACS Circulated Holder.
What makes this coin a Coin Worth Keeping?
As the American Civil War began to exact it's economic toll, the public began to hoard all government issued coins. The coins soon vanished from circulation and the Philadelphia Mint was having trouble keeping up with demand due to the difficult striking process for the one cent coin. Mint officials recommended that the coin be replaced with one that was easier to produce. The Coinage Act of April 22, 1864 authorized a new bronze composition cent and also included a provision to produce bronze two-cent pieces. It also required the new two-cent piece to contain the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" as a reflection of the growing religious sentiment during the Civil War. This was the first time the motto appeared on U.S. coinage and it is still used today.
The Two-Cent Piece was only produced by the U.S. Mint from 1864 to 1873 making it one of the shortest lived coins in U.S. history. The two-cent piece was initially popular with the public but support soon waned as the U.S. Mint began producing more nickels and three-cent pieces. The two-cent piece was abolished by Congress in 1873 and large quantities were turned over to the government and melted.
This 1864 Two-Cent Piece, first year of issue, is a highly sought after piece of American history. It is a first of its series and is one of the most popular type coins for collectors today.
- Year: 1864
- Mint: Philadelphia
- Finish: Circulated
- Mintage: 19,847,500
- Composition: 95% Copper, 5% Tin & Zinc
- Weight: 6.22 grams
- Diameter: 23.00 mm
- Edge: Plain
What makes the CollecTons Keepers program special? Here at CollecTons, we work hard researching coins that should be part of every collection. Our goal is to utilize our knowledge in the numismatic industry to select coins worthy of being in everyone's collection! Therefore, the CollecTons Keepers program will only feature those Coins Worth Keeping.
Each coin is hand selected and given to ANACS (America's Oldest Grading Service) for grading and authentication. The coins are then sealed in an ANACs certified proprietary slab holder for long-term storage, with our limited edition label marking it a CollecTons Keeper. Collect one or collect the entire series!